Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


FAST5 Ferns depart for Melbourne

FAST5 Ferns depart for Melbourne

Tuesday 25 October, 2016

New Zealand’s FAST5 Ferns have departed for Melbourne with high expectations of an exciting, action-packed weekend at the Fast5 Netball World Series, October 29-30.

Played in Australia for the first time, the Fast5 competition sees the world’s top six netballing nations go head-to-head in the fast-moving condensed form of the game.

FAST5 Ferns coach Kiri Wills expects New Zealand, as defending champions, to face intense competition from the other five nations - Australia, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa.

Hosts Australia have fielded six current Diamonds players in a determined bid to win the world Fast5 title for the first time.

The 10-strong FAST5 Ferns have a compelling combination of current Silver Ferns and future international stars.

Maria Tutaia will captain the side, bringing a wealth of international experience and her trademark long shot. Tutaia was the most prolific “super shot” shooter the 2013 Fast5 tournament in Auckland.

Jane Watson, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Storm Purvis and Maia Wilson - who all made their international debuts in the seven-a-side game this season – will bolster the FAST5 Ferns.

Talented young shooter Jamie Hume, who made her mark as part of the championship-winning Netball South team in this year's inaugural Beko Netball League, has also been called into the side.

Wills says the Fast5 Netball World Series gives young players an excellent opportunity to experience the furious pace of top international netball, and to put their array of netballing talents to the test.

Wills is also new to the FAST5 Ferns, having previously coached the Silver Ferns development squad and the New Zealand under-21 side. She’s delighted to be have been given the opportunity to coach the FAST5 Ferns.

“I’m really excited. Fast5 is an energetic and exhilarating form of the game that encourages speed and flair, and always thrills the crowds,” she said.

“It will be a whirlwind event, decided in two days, but it will also be a fun way for the girls to end their year after an intense international season.”

Since it was introduced in 2009, New Zealand has dominated the shortened form of the game, winning the world title on five out of six occasions. The FAST5 Ferns won the most recent World Series event, played in Auckland in 2014 (the event was not held in 2015 because of the Netball World Cup).

The FAST5 Ferns to play in the Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne October 29-30:
Gina Crampton
Jamie Hume
Kelly Jury
Phoenix Karaka
Storm Purvis
Te Paea Selby-Rickit
Sam Sinclair
Maria Tutaia (captain)
Jane Watson
Maia Wilson


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland